Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Identity Theft

Those of you who read my article Scammed might be interested to read an excellent article that my blog pal, James, posted today about Identity Theft, Credit Cards and You: Part II or; 12 ways to preserve your identity.

One thing that James did not mention (probably because it is so obvious); you should always check your credit card bills, line by line, against your receipts to be sure that you are always charged the correct amount for your purchases, and to ensure that no one else is making any purchases with your card. Discrepancies MUST be addressed immediately (okay, within a week of receiving your bill, at the latest). I also learned that you must be aware of the precise date that your credit card bill is delivered to your mail box each month (I am) and, if you must, write this date on your personal planner or calendar to remind you. Sometimes thieves will change your mailing address for your credit card bills and thereby steal your credit card account that way.

CONSTANT VIGILANCE!

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Blogger : Joseph j7uy5 said...

There's another thing we need to watch out for. Remember during the whole debate about tightening bankruptcy laws, the credit card companies said that they would be able to offer lower interest rates if the law passed?

Well, the law passed, but I'm still waiting for the rates to come down...

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Frances said...

Great post about indentity theft.
I really like your layout too.
I found you on nycbloggers
Take care

2:10 AM  
Anonymous pablo said...

Goodwife L is a vigilant watcher of our credit card bills. She even made a catch last month that Discover Card is now "investigating." It's only $37, so I don't think they are working too hard on it. Still, it's good to show them we are paying attention, unlike probably 95% of their customer base.

8:20 AM  

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